Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor.

The biggest likely source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Our car tires (LA Times)

What’s missing right now is a systematic approach to evaluating all these different microplastics — when every study does it differently, it’s hard to compare results, said Susanne Brander, an ecotoxicologist at Oregon State University.

Where did all the students go? (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Five views on the great enrollment crash, including Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for enrollment management at Oregon State University.

OSU researcher using miniature cars to help advance autonomous vehicle safety (Phys Org)

An autonomous systems expert at Oregon State University is helping to lead an effort to build research infrastructure for the safety, performance and security of driverless cars, supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

New OSU-Cascades building will aim for net zero (Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce)

The unique high desert campus of Oregon State University-Cascades is growing and has recently begun the design process for the transformational new Academic Building 2.

Complaints continue to follow old growth clear-cut (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University officials continued to weather a storm of criticism over the logging of old growth trees in May on the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest, with about 75 people turning out for a public forum on Wednesday

'I don't think there really is anything in agriculture that is worth as much as hemp is' (KMTR)

Researchers at Oregon State University's Global Hemp Innovation Center are working with other experts to expand the knowledge base of hemp.

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Homecoming: Oregon State College students polish trophies in anticipation of Homecoming 1952. Celebrate Homecoming 2019 Oct. 7-12 with a variety of student competitions during the week


Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities and also learn about the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Oct. 3, Dec. 5, Feb. 7, April 15 or June 4.

Academic Technology webinar: Top Hat and Multiple Sections Join us on Thursday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m., to learn how to use advanced Canvas integration with section support; set up Top Hat and Canvas for best results. Register for information on joining this free 30-minute webinar, or discover other webinars. Questions? Email

TRIAD meeting: Leigh Torres, Marine Mammal Institute, will speak on assessment of Oregon gray whale health on Thursday, Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m. in MU 109. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. An optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact Janice Nave-Abele, to reserve a lunch. TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network and learn something new. See

Grandmother Rock Lectures: Kassandra Rippee,Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Coquille Indian Tribe, will lecture on “The Cultural Importance of Geological Sites” on Oct. 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Burt Hall 193 and on “Coquille Cultural Landscapes and Community” on Oct. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in LINC 268. The lecture series is a collaboration between the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, College of Liberal Arts, the Office of Institutional Diversity and the NAGPRA Office. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: Heather Leslie, director, Darling Marine Center and associate professor, University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, will present a seminar, “The Emerging Science of Coupled Social-Ecological Marine Systems,” on Thursday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m. in LINC 200. The seminar is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person, feel free to catch the seminar streaming on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Spring Seminar Series lineup, go to

Speed Friending: Make New Friends FAST. Join the Active Minds student club for an evening of dinner, fun and friendship. Open to OSU students. Thursday, Oct. 3, from 7-9 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Contact Tess Webster-Henry at for more info. Hosted by CAPS and the Active Minds student club.


NEW! Music a la Carte: Angela Carlson and Rebecca Jeffers, four-hand piano recital. Friday, Oct. 4, at noon. Memorial Union Lounge. Free. 

NEW! Corvallis-OSU Symphony: featuring Mozart’s “Overture to Don Giovanni” and “Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds”; and Bruckner’s “Te Deum” featuring local high school choirs. Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. Ticket information at:

NEW! Valley Library’s 20th anniversary: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the library’s expansion and remodel, a display about the library’s history is up Oct. 7-18 near the library’s main entrance. At the exhibit launch on Oct. 7 at 4 p.m, free food is available. The exhibit is in conjunction with the $20 for 20 fund-raising effort to improve spaces in the Valley Library for study spaces, classrooms, exhibits, and other learning spaces. Donate at

NEW! Homecoming 2019 – Your OSU. Your Home:  Celebrate Homecoming Oct. 7-12 with a variety of student competitions during the week. On Friday, Oct. 11, attend the lecture by legendary climate scientist and alumnus Warren Washington and later that night check out Battle of The DJs at the Memorial Union Pavilion. On Saturday, Oct. 12, join the homecoming celebration at a variety of tailgate locations, including the Alumni Center, the multicultural alumni and friends tailgate at Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, the College of Forestry tailgate celebrationASOSU/Beaver Caucus homecoming celebration at the Alumni Center, or the NROTC Foxhole & Fantail Alumni Muster. Are you tailgating on your own? Join the Tailgate Decorating Contest and decorate your tailgate like “Benny’s living room” for a chance to win fabulous prizes! #Bennyslivingroom

NEW! Faculty/staff free nutrition counseling:  The OSU dietetic interns are offering free nutrition counseling sessions to faculty and staff.  Appointments are available on Friday, Oct. 11, or Friday, Nov. 8, at noon or 1 p.m.  Can count towards your HEM requirement. Email to schedule your appointment.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Apply now for the OSU Ecampus Research Fellows Program: If you are interested in conducting research about online teaching and learning, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit will help you plan your proposal for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. The OSU Ecampus Research Unit annually funds up to five faculty and/or department projects, $20,000 each, to support research in the areas of distance and online education, including hybrid delivery. Info sessions will be held  Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Valley Library, Drinkward Conference Room. Applications are due Nov. 1. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Dello Stritto,

Visiting Writers Series: Jia Tolentino, author of "Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion," will read at The Black Box Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall on Oct. 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 
Giustina Gallery at OSU to exhibit "My Secret Double" Oct. 1-30: “My Secret Double – an International Exhibition,” featuring the works of artists from the Northwest and the Baltics, will be on display Oct. 1-30 in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. The exhibit captures artists’ personal journeys during their struggle with addiction or depression, including anger, suicide, fear and loss of hope. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the gallery. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

UAOSU Bargaining at Cascades Campus: Saturday, Oct 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 205 Obsidian Hall. UAOSU and the administration’s team will discuss academic freedom, health and safety, facilities and workspaces, evaluations, promotion and tenure and more. Click here to see UAOSU’s 48 proposals and the administration’s 19.

OMSI Communication Fellowship Info Session: Attention STEM students and faculty: The College of Science will host a presentation and answer questions about the OSU-OMSI spring science communication program, which is open to any faculty, postdoc, staff or graduate student at OSU. Participation fulfills broader impact and outreach goals for OSU grant-funded research. Bring your lunch and join us on Oct. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in LPSC 402 to learn more and see demo presentations from current fellows.

Research Office Faculty Orientation: The RO will host a Faculty Orientation on Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. The event will acquaint you with the RO and how staff can help you find funding, submit proposals, manage your awards, ensure compliance and move your research outcomes into commercial space. RSVP with your attendance at this link.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Listening sessions: Faculty Senate and OSU leadership will host two listening sessions at OSU-Cascades on Oc. 4. From 10-11:30 a.m., there is a Baccalaureate Core Listening Session for all students and faculty in TYKH 207. The organizers hope to hear concerns related to the Baccalaureate Core, potential ways the Core could be changed, as well as convey what is being done well. This is the first of five sessions, with the remaining sessions occurring on the OSU-Corvallis campus. From noon to 1:30 p.m., there is a Faculty Governance Listening Session in TYKH 207 for faculty to identify governance concerns, what they feel is not working well or whatever issues they wish to discuss.

NEW! Economic History Guest Lecture & ReceptionEmma Griffin, professor of Modern British History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, is the author of five books. In “Home Economics: Food, Money, and Emotions in Victorian Britain,” a guest lecture at the Center for the Humanities, she’ll discuss the sharing of resources in Victorian Britain to shed light on why so many rural and urban families remained on the margins of the country’s newfound prosperity. Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Reception from 5-7 p.m.

CMLC Cooking Class: Bread Malai Rolls: Aafia teaches how to prepare this light and sweet South Asian dessert made with heavy cream and bread. Oct. 4, 1-3 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. Cost is $10. Email for more information or call 541-243-8976.

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Biodiversity Seminar Series: Elizabeth Borer, associate professor at the University of Minnesota, will kick off the fall EECB seminar series with a lecture titled "From elements to elk and elephants: Effects of nutrients and herbivores in global grasslands." Friday, Oct. 4, 3-4 p.m., LINC Room 302. 

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addiction and mental illnesses. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in MU 206. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Preregistration by Oct. 4 is required:

The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for fall still has openings: From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.ed


Oregon State Volleyball Faculty/Staff Friday: Oct. 4, 6 p.m., Gill Coliseum, versus California. $5 tickets available at the gate for Oregon State staff and faculty.

Volleyball: Oct. 5, 6 p.m., Gill Coliseum, versus Stanford.

Take Note

NEW! Show Us Your Dam Family: As part of National Work & Family Month, OSU’s Family Resource Center wants to show off all of our amazing families! Whether you have fur babies, human babies, teenagers, or elderly parents, we want to see your family. Photos will be posted in the Memorial Union Oct. 14-27. To submit your family photos visit Questions? Contact or 541-737-4906.

NEW! Comments sought for Oregon Sea Grant review: A team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program will review Oregon Sea Grant Oct. 29-31 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center at OSU. The review was rescheduled from January because of the federal government shutdown. It will consider all aspects of the Oregon Sea Grant program, including management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement and collaborative activities, including those with various offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You are invited to email your comments about Oregon Sea Grant to through Oct. 18. Please put “Oregon Sea Grant Site Review” in the subject line.

NEW! October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month: When OSU starts up in full swing in the fall, cyber attackers step up their game, too. If an e-mail seems too good to be true, or is asking you to provide personal information such as your social security number, bank information or passwords, take a minute and think about it! Learn more about common cyber scams and attacks at OSU here: This year’s national theme for Cybersecurity Awareness Month is: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. You can learn more about this campaign and resources available at:

Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards. Please visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page ( to view pending policy amendments. Please also note that at their Oct. 18 meeting, the OSU Board of Trustees will consider retiring a number of outdated policies transferred from the State Board of Higher Education during the 2014 governance transition. A link to the docket for this agenda item titled Action Item 6b Board Policy Review is provided here. Opportunity for public comments on this item are described in the Board meeting agenda. Questions may be submitted to

Fall Family Weekend: Fall Family Weekend is taking place Nov. 8-10. If your department or organization is planning on hosting an event and would like this information to be included in the master program please fill out this form by Friday, Oct. 4All events that are recorded after the deadline will only be placed on the online schedule. If you have questions regarding Family Weekends, they can be directed to New Student Programs & Family Outreach or Jess Tallant, Parent and Family Programs Coordinator, at  

2020-2021 FAFSA Application is now available: The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available for students and families at This application will be using the 2018 tax and income information. The Office of Financial Aid encourages students and families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA to ensure accuracy and reduce confusion. OSU’s 2020-2021 FAFSA priority filing deadline is Feb. 29. For any questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 541-737-2241. 

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing SAIF’s link to information and a video on how to make fall safer, available online at You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.
Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Clery Act, Oregon State University publishes Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports for each of the four Oregon State campuses: CorvallisCascadesHMSC, and OSU at EOU. These reports include the current security policies and the crime and fire statistics for 2018, 2017, and 2016. Paper copies of the reports are available at 200 Cascade Hall, 601 SW 17th St., Corvallis Campus.

Apply now for Ecampus professional development funds: OSU Ecampus invites professorial faculty, professional faculty and advisors to pursue professional development related to effective teaching and learning in OSU's online and hybrid courses. Examples include attending conferences about online teaching and learning, taking workshops related to teaching your discipline online, and purchasing books on online pedagogy and supporting online students. The application deadline is Oct. 8, so learn more and apply today.

Older men needed for OSU multivitamin study (Corvallis): Are you a healthy, non-smoking man age 68 or older? Our study is looking at the role of multivitamins in improving the micronutrient status. Participants will take tablets daily for six months. Contact the Linus Pauling Institute for more information: or 541-737-8730. Principal Investigator: Tory Hagen, Linus Pauling Institute.


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NEW! The Deschutes County Extension office at Oregon State University is seeking an Office Specialist 1. This is a part-time .475 FTE (approximately 19 hours per week), classified position. Posting # P02404CT. Closes Oct. 7.

NEW! The Extension Service Family and Community Health (FCH) program at Oregon State University is seeking an Education Program Assistant 1 to be located in Salem. This is a part-time .50 FTE, classified position. Posting # P02402CT. Closes Oct. 14.

NEW! The Graduate School at Oregon State University is seeking an Administrative Program Assistant. This is a part-time .50 FTE, classified position. Posting # P02403CT. Closes Oct. 15.

NEW! The Extension 4-H Youth Development program at Oregon State University is seeking a 4-H Program Coordinator. This position is located in Gilliam County. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # P03341UF. Closes Oct. 27.

NEW! Ecampus is seeking a Content Marketing Manager. This is a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. This position serves as the lead strategist for all Ecampus marketing content needs across channels including print, digital, social, email and more. Posting #P03339UF. Closes Oct. 27.


“When we talk about equity within the workplace, even the conversations that we’re having now about pay equity, that is a whole different landscape and minefield for a woman of color. So I think we’re just going to need women of color to be positioned front and center in helping to create to this culture of change.” ~  Actor Tessa Thompson, who turns 36 today.

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 60, low of 47. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers, high of 54, low of 36. Slight chance of showers and then mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers, high of 57, low of 48. Showers and then a chance of showers Friday.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: